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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2015

Local Authority Restrictions One of the “Worst Policy Ideas of 2014″ According to Wonkblog

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-authority-restrictions-one-worst-policy-ideas-2014-according-wonkblog

We are well into the new year; a look back at 2014 can be instructive if we strive to learn from our mistakes. A December article from the Washington post Wonkblog listed “11 of the worst policy ideas of 2014″ and, of course, state barriers restricting local telecommunications authority was on the list: Fed up… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2015

Utility and Advocate Debate Value of Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/utility-advocate-debate-solar/

At a Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association conference in November 2014, ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell tilted with Xcel Energy’s Rick Evans about the state’s dormant value of solar policy and whether it was likely to be adopted in the near future. Watch the 68-minute video to see the two address a variety… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2015

Fourth Annual IAMU Broadband Conference: March 18th – 19th in Des Moines

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fourth-annual-iamu-broadband-conference-march-18th-19th-des-moines

Spring is the time for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) Broadband Conference in Des Moines. This year is it scheduled for March 18th and 19th at the Ramada Tropics and Resort Center downtown. Don’t forget your swimsuit! Chris will be presenting again this year. He has been there 2 out of the last… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2015

Seattle Grassroots Muni Initiative Kicks Off With Campaign Survey

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/seattle-grassroots-muni-initiative-kicks-campaign-survey

Seattleites tired of waiting for incumbents to provide better services, have decided to launch a campaign to establish Internet access as a public utility. In order to get the campaign off to a strong start, the founding group has launched a survey to choose a name. Seattle has significant fiber resources in place, an electric… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2015

Houston One-Bin Proposal: The Wrong Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/houston-one-bin-proposal-wrong-choice/

Neil Seldman, ILSR Waste to Wealth Program, Washington, DC continues to follow the one bin proposal in Houston, Texas. In his January 7th Letter to the Editor, Seldman underscores the fact that city’s pilot curbside recycling program is working well and is quite popular. Can you imagine how fast the program could spread, increasing the materials recovered… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2015

Boston Globe the Latest to Support Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/boston-globe-latest-support-local-authority

Yet another major news outlet has endorsed the President’s position in support of local telecommunications authority. On January 26th, the Boston Globe went on record to endorse the concept, urging the FCC and Congress to work together to ensure local communities have the right to make their own connecitvity decisions. The Globe suggested that, rather than… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

OneCommunity’s Middle Way – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 135

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onecommunitys-middle-way-community-broadband-bits-podcast-135

OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization in northeastern Ohio that has connected thousands of community anchor institutions with high capacity connections. Created as OneCleveland before expanding, it has remained a rather unique approach to expanding high quality Internet access. This week, CEO Lev Gonick joins us to talk about OneCommunity and its contributions to the region…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

OneCommunity Announces “Big Gig Challenge” Award Recipients

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onecommunity-announces-big-gig-challenge-award-recipients

Last fall, nonprofit ISP OneCommunity  created the “Big Gig Challenge” to jump start expansion and promote gigabit applications in northeast Ohio. The organization recently announced the winners and provided some information about their projects. The West 25th Corridor project, running through Ohio City, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre, and Old Brooklyn is a four mile stretch… Continue reading

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Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

Cascade Alliance Network Grows Stronger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/cascade-alliance-network-growing-stronger/

A unique network of eight social service agencies gathered in Eugene, OR last month. The Cascade Alliance meeting was the coming out event for the network of East Coast agencies along with their anchor organization, Saint Vincent De Paul of Lane County. The agencies located in cities from Lowell, MA to Orlando, FL have become entrepreneurs,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

CLIC Presents Special Pre-Conference Event at 2015 Broadband Summit in Austin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/clic-presents-special-pre-conference-event-2015-broadband-summit-austin

The 2015 Broadband Communities Summit is scheduled for April 14 – 16 in Austin, Texas. When you book your flight and reserve your room, plan on coming a day early so you can take advantage of the is year’s special pre-conference event. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) will offer a full day’s agenda… Continue reading